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More than 1,000 swine flu cases reported in Delhi, one dead: Report

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 February 2019, 9:25 IST

Delhi recorded one death due to swine flu and 124 fresh cases of Influenza A (H1N1) on Tuesday, taking the total number of people affected by the disease in the city this year to 1019, a report said.

Delhi had recorded 895 positive cases of swine flu till Monday, which included 712 adults and 183 children, the latest report by the city's Directorate General of Health Services said.

As many as 104 fresh cases of adults, 20 of children and one death were recorded on Tuesday, it said. Till Monday, Delhi government had not recorded any death due to swine flu.

However, two centre-run hospitals in Delhi have reported 13 deaths due to swine flu this year.

According to senior officials at Safdarjung Hospital, three deaths due to swine flu have been recorded this season, while RML Hospital has reported 10 fatalities.

Nine of the 10 people who died at RML Hospital were from Delhi, and the other one was from outside the city, officials said.

After holding a state-level review meeting on Influenza A (H1N1), the Delhi government recently said that all government hospitals in the city are equipped with necessary logistics required for the management of the disease and drug Oseltamivir along with personal protective equipment (PPE kits) and N95 masks.

Recent guidelines from the Union Health Ministry on case diagnosis, management, vaccination, isolation criteria, risk categorisation and preventive measures have been circulated among all hospitals and health facilities.

"All hospitals have been asked to keep ventilators ready, and also told to disseminate information on the prevention of the disease," the Delhi health department official said.

Health advisories, in English and Hindi, on seasonal Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) have been prepared and issued for general public in leading newspapers.

Patients with co-morbid condition like low immunity, on immune-suppressant, blood cancer, renal transplant, diabetes, heart disease are at high risk of getting infected with swine flu.

-PTI

First published: 6 February 2019, 9:25 IST
 
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